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Tuesday, July 5th, 2022

Members of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) adopted several three-year policy resolutions during their annual executive session at the end of June, including an update on Biosecurity and Invasive Species Management (see: https://westgov.org/images/editor/WGA-PR-2022-11-Biosecurity-and-Invasive-Species97.pdf).

Here is a brief summary of many of the points in the new WGA Biosecurity and Invasive Species Management Resolution:

  • Continues the charter of the Western Invasive Species Council
  • Urges Congress and the Administration to support state, territorial, and tribal invasive species prevention, control, and management programs
  • Urges the continued expansion of broad partnerships for invasive species prevention, rapid response, and creative regional approaches for protection and restoration
  • Calls for more federal funding and the development of jurisdiction-directed invasive species programs
  • Requests federal agencies consult with Governors about biosecurity or invasive species management decisions
  • Requests federal agencies set up points of contact for state and other officials to coordinate implementation of cross-boundary invasive species management programs
  • Requests that invasive species prevention programs be coordinated across state, national, and international organizations
  • Supports the National EDRR framework as a method to limit or eliminate new introduction and calls for additional funding for jurisdiction-led rapid response programs
  • Calls for federal support for and approval of biocontrol control organisms, through funding, research, and training.
  • States that the NPS and BLM should be vested with clear authority to manage watercraft upon their departure from zebra- and quagga-mussel-infested waterbodies under federal jurisdiction
  • Supports integrated pest management, biocontrol, outcome-based grazing, and targeted grazing to combat invasive annual grasses at a regional level
  • Calls for maintaining federal quarantines on pests that have not yet reached the West and inspection of baggage moving from the contiguous U.S. to non-contiguous areas
  • Supports the development and implementation of best practices for conducting eDNA monitoring, and EDRR for all positive detection results.
  • Asks federal government to expand the taxonomic scope of the Lacey Act to benefit U.S. biosecurity
  • Supports efforts to standardize and centralize invasive species occurrence data, streamline the exchange of data between the nation’s major invasive species data aggregators
  • Calls for invasive annual grass management regimes with proactive and adaptive management, including landscape scale approaches, fuel treatments, and defensive prevention

The Western Governors meet semiannually to enact new policy resolutions and amend existing resolutions. WGA resolutions are in effect for three years and then expire or are renewed.

The WGA biosecurity and invasive species management resolution and their other policy resolutions can be accessed from this webpage: https://westgov.org/resolutions/


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